Energy efficient energy plant for Viking Malt in Lahti, Finland

24th January 2023
Articles Food & Beverage

We are building an exceptionally energy efficient solution that has not been seen before in Finland for Viking Malt Group.

Viking Malt Group is building a completely new malthouse in place of the current one in Lahti. Next to the malthouse, Adven is building an exceptionally energy efficient solution that has not been seen before in Finland. The solution, combining the cooling plant and heat production as well as heat pumps, has received investment support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment for new energy technology.

Waste heat alone cover more than 65 per cent of the heat energy needed. Especially when drying malt, a lot of heat is released, and this has previously been largely unused.In addition, barley husk by-products of the malthouse are reused as fuel in energy production. If waste heat or by-product is not available, the energy will mainly be produced with pellets.

The production capacity of the plant will be approximately 85,000 tonnes of malt per year. The estimate is that the new plant will start its production in 2023.